1. Fr. Jacob
Third XHS Alumnus
to be Ordained in
Past Three Years
Congratulations to the
XHS Class of 2018!
Parish, Business & Alumni
Alumni News & More
The official newsletter of the Xavier Foundation
SUMMER 2018 Issue
The Xavier Foundation is excited
to welcome XHS alumna, Elizabeth
(Hoffmann) Wright X10 as its new Donor Relations & Appeal
Coordinator! Wright joins the Foundation team after four
years at Ruffalo Noel Levitz. While at Ruffalo Noel Levitz,
Elizabeth served as a project manager in the fundraising
management division. Elizabeth brings knowledge of
educational based fundraising, strategy and project
management to the team.
After graduating from Xavier, she attended Coe College
where she graduated her BA in business administration
and public relations with a minor in economics in May 2014.
During her time at Coe, Elizabeth was also a four-year
member of the varsity women’s tennis team and made three
appearances at the NCAA tournament. Elizabeth and her
husband, Tyler (X11), are members of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
and reside in Hiawatha.
In her new role, Elizabeth’s primary responsibilities will be the
day-to-day management for the Foundation’s annual appeals
as well as constituent research and database management.
Welcome back to Xavier, Elizabeth! Please send Elizabeth a
note of welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Welcome Our New
Donor Relations &
Elizabeth Wright X10!
We wish the Foundation’s Annual Fund
Director, Lynn Jump, a fond farewell as
she sets sail for retirement! Lynn has
served the Foundation since 2000 when
she was the Development Assistant
under then-Executive Director, Anne Cunningham, and was
later promoted to the Fund Director position in 2006 under
Jody Ruff Pellerin. Under Lynn’s purview, she has helped grow
the Parish and Business Appeals in double digit increases and
over her tenure a combined nearly $7 million dollars for the
appeals she’s worked on. Lynn and her husband, Mike, are
relocating to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they will be
near their daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter. Thank
you for making a difference, Lynn, and may God bless you
and your family!
Director’s Corner: Bittersweet
^^^ Current and former leadership honor Lynn at a retirement reception in
May. Pictured L-R: XHS Principal/future President, Tom Keating; Foundation
Development Director, Mary Harken; Lynn Jump; former Foundation
Executive Director, Anne Cunningham; former Foundation Executive
Director, Jody Pellerin; and Communications Director, Nick Ireland.
This edition of the Common
Thread brings us to the end of
an era, while simultaneously
launching us into a new one! At
the end of May we bid farewell
to our Annual Fund Director,
Lynn Jump, retiring after 18
years serving Xavier Foundation;
and just a few weeks later we
welcomed Xavier 2010 graduate,
Elizabeth (Hoffmann) Wright, as our Donor Relations and
Appeal Coordinator. Life is full of these juxtapositions and we
hope to honor each of these team members below as we say
“goodbye” with gratitude, and “hello” with excitement!
You’ll find that this is a page-turner of an issue; packed full of
updates, news and initiatives that donors and alumni won’t
want to miss. We’re eagerly gearing up for a landmark year with
new President Tom Keating taking the helm July 1, selecting
three teacher honorariums (one from each LaSalle, Regis, and
Xavier) by alumni submissions received by end of June, hosting
a Donor Reception on August 7th with Archbishop Jackels,
and launching our Parish Appeal with the theme of “Xavier
Saints: Celebrating 20 Years of God’s Grace” this September.
Please pray for us as we move through this time of transition.
Your questions are welcome along the way - our goal is to have
clear and transparent communication in all we do. We value
your support and thank you for your commitment to Catholic
Director of Development
3. Summer 2018 Issue
This year’s LaSalle-Regis-Xavier Alumni Appeal asked alumni
to share their generosity and their stories of a favorite high
school teacher/coach/administrator who made a lasting
impact on them.
The LaSalle-Regis-Xavier Alumni Board will soon select three
of the most powerful and poignant reflections of a high
school teacher’s impact (one teacher reflection from LaSalle,
Regis and Xavier will be selected). The three teachers who
are selected will have $1,000 donated to the department in
which they served, so that their impact can continue to be felt
directly by our current high school students.
Thank you to all our Lancers, Royals and Saints who helped
support this effort by contributing a gift and/or a story! Show
your support at XavierFoundation.org/Teachers.
Thank you to our donors and volunteers for connecting our
community to a bright future. Your gift of time and treasure
demonstrates your commitment to give Xavier students a
quality faith-based education that will lead them to be future
leaders in our communities. Under the leadership of Dave
Wright, owner operator of Dave Wright Nissan and Subaru
Dealership, and Brad Joens, Vice President Commercial
Banking, Hills Bank & Trust Co., Xavier volunteers raised more
than $136,000 for Xavier High School. The Xavier community
is forever grateful for your support.
If you would like your business listed with our supporting
businesses, send your gift to the Xavier Foundation,
P.O. Box 10956, Cedar Rapids, IA 52410-0956. Thank you!
It may be hard to believe, but 2018 officially marks 20 years
since Xavier High School first opened its doors. We are
asking the parishioners of our supporting parishes to join us
in “Celebrating 20 years of God’s grace” during the 2018
Parish Appeal on the following dates:
·September 22 & 23
·September 29 & 30
Parish Appeal: Celebrating
20 Years of God’s Grace!
4. Our Newest Alumni!
On May 20, 2018, Xavier High School Board of Education president,
Lorie Hines, presented diplomas to the graduating seniors from the Xavier
High School Class of 2018. This is the school’s 20th graduating class. The
invocation was offered by Xavier High School Pastoral Coordinator, Rev. Philip
Thompson, of St. Pius X Parish while the benediction was offered by Rev.
Dustin Vu of St. John XXIII Parish. Joining for the ceremony was Archbishop
Xavier principal, Tom Keating, addressed Xavier graduates for the final time as
principal before assuming his duties as president next year ...
“There is still much to be done,” said Keating. “Remember, today is called
a ‘commencement’ for a reason. It is a beginning. It is appropriate on this
Pentecost Sunday to remind you that as Jesus sent the Holy Spirit unto the
Apostles and then sent them into the world to share the Word, we send you
into the world to share His Good News. It’s time for you to take your candle and
go light your world. And with God in your heart, your light will shine forever.
May He bless you and watch over you as you leave Xavier High School.”
Student body president, Sophia Cataldo (X18), delivered the student address. John Pape (X18) was the recipient of the “Outstanding
Academic Achievement” award. The four-year combined total of scholarships offered to the Xavier High School Class of 2018 was more
than $14 million. Congratulations, Saints!
Each spring, we post our annual Legacy Board which celebrates our
graduating seniors who are from families that have been a part of LaSalle,
Regis and Xavier for multiple generations. The display demonstrates the
family commitment to Catholic education and the rich history from which
Xavier High School was developed. This year’s board features alumni
from LaSalle, Regis, Xavier, St. Wenceslaus, St. Patrick, and Immaculate
Conception. The display is posted online and outside of the guidance
office at Xavier High School.
To view the online version, head to XavierFoundation.org/Legacy...
The Continuing Legacy...
5. More Xavier Foundation Updates
On April 20th, Xavier welcomed over 350 grandparents for the
school’s annual Grandparents Day Mass! To help commemorate
the day, students wrote the names of their grandparents on
crosses (blue for the ones who joined us, gray for the ones who
could not be with us, and white for the ones who have entered
eternal life). The crosses were then placed on trees around
the altar, symbolizing the deep roots of faith and love that our
grandparents represent! Prior to mass, grandparents were
treated to a continental breakfast hosted by Xavier Parents for
Xcellence (XPX). Mass was celebrated by Fr. Ken Glaser of St.
Ludmila parish with a formal welcome from XHS principal, Tom
Keating, and Foundation Development Director, Mary Harken.
On May 2, pastors from several of our supporting parishes
attended a Pastor Appreciation Dinner hosted by the Xavier
Foundation. This dinner is just a small token of our great
appreciation for our pastors and all they do to support Xavier, its
students and its mission. We also say “congratulations” to
Fr. Phil Thompson, St. Pius X pastor/XHS Pastoral
Coordinator/Foundation Board Member, on recently
celebrating his 40th anniversary of his ordination!
Thank You, Pastors!
XHS Boys Tennis’ Jon
Lansing X18 recently
completed the “grand
slam” of state tennis
championships by winning
the 2018 Class 1A Singles
State Championship and
the 2018 Class 1A Co-
Ed State Championship
alongside Nina Marquardt
X18. Last season, Jon
helped lead the Saints to the 2017 Class 1A Team State
Championship and earned the 2017 Class 1A Doubles State
Championship with Charlie Esker X17. Jon ends his high school
career as Xavier’s most decorated tennis player in school history.
Jon plans to continue his tennis career next year at Coe College
in Cedar Rapids.
Pastors at the Xavier Foundation’s Pastor Appreciation Dinner (L-R):
Fr. Mark Ressler (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton), Fr. Dustin Vu (St. John XXIII),
Fr. Phil Thompson (St. Pius X) and Fr. David O’Connor (St. Joseph).
6. Alumni News
Congratulations to Xavier High School alumnus, Fr. Jacob
Rouse (X09), who answered his calling and was ordained to
the priesthood on May 26th at the Cathedral of St. Raphael in
Dubuque! Fr. Rouse is the third Xavier alum ordained as a priest
in the past three years (Fr. Aaron Junge X08 was ordained in
2016 and Fr. Dennis Conway X09 was ordained in 2017). Fr. Rouse
celebrated a mass of Thanksgiving at his home parish of St.
Patrick’s in Cedar Rapids on May 27 with a reception afterwards.
Fr. Jacob Rouse X09!
More Alumni News...
Melissa (Kruth) McCarville (X01), pictured with
husband, Tyler (X00), was recently named to the
Corridor Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list,
which recognizes 40 leaders under the age of
40 in the Cedar Rapids-Iowa City corridor who
have made a significant impact in their busi-
ness, community or both early in their careers.
Melissa is the Communications Manager, Cedar
Rapids Metro Economic Alliance.
Aaron Lacy (X10), graduate of the University
of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine, was
awarded the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medi-
cine Award from the Arnold P. Gold Founda-
tion for demonstrating excellence and com-
passion in patient care. After completing his
MD, Aaron was accepted into the Emergency
Medicine Residency Program at Vanderbilt
University Medical Center.
Megan Lynch (X13) recently accepted a position in the Campus
Ministry program at Loyola University. Megan is a recent graduate
Angela Pasker (X13) recently accepted a teaching position for
the 2018-2019 school year at LaSalle Middle School in the Holy
Family School system.
Drew Scott (X13) signed with the NFL’s Oakland Raiders as a
longsnapper in May.
The Xavier Foundation wishes
to welcome Regis High School
alumnus, Fr. Mark Murphy (R98),
back to the Cedar Rapids area
to serve as the pastor of our
supporting parish of St. Jude! Fr.
Murphy was officially installed on June 23rd by Archbishop
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On May 11th, alumni and family >>>
members of those who have
answered God’s call to serve a
religious vocation joined us for our
Vocations Mass! Fr. Aaron Junge
(X08) concelebrated the mass with
Fr. Dustin Vu. In his homily, Fr.
Junge addressed being successful
in the eyes of the world vs. being
joyful (and successful) in the eyes
of God -- and how serving a voca-
tion (in whatever form) is a life filled
with joy. The mass was followed by
a short reception in the LMC.
Fr. Jacob Rouse X09.
This photo & cover photo by Bill Cook.
In Memory of Alumni & Friends
The following are the names of alumni
and special friends who have recently
entered eternal rest.
Rosella “Rosie” Karp -
Heritage Society Member
August 15, 1927 - February 28, 2018
Patrick Earley L65
June 19, 1947 - May 21, 2018
James Barta L66
April 20, 1948 - May 1, 2018
Thomas “Tom” Mraz L70
August 28, 1952 - April 20, 2018
Patrick Martin L71
Entered Eternal Rest on May 13, 2018
Michael Pernicka L71
April 26, 1953 - March 13, 2018
John “Johnny” Minor L83
May 24, 1965 - April 2, 2018
Allen McEnany R61
September 11, 1943 - March 15, 2018
Michael “Mike” Wharton R61
November 23, 1942 - May 17, 2018
James Heefner R67
Entered Eternal Rest on May 4, 2018
Raymond Lauderdale R68
September 1, 1950 - May 5, 2018
Mary Jane (Tosh) McConaughy R71
September 24, 1953 - April 26, 2018
Theodore “Ted” Johnson Jr. R76
February 5, 1958 - May 21, 2018
Tom Marbach R76
August 15, 1958 - April 2, 2018
Paul Lis R80
November 3, 1961 - March 2, 2018
Paul Eganhouse R86
October 22, 1967 - April 16, 2018
Fr. Mark Reasoner
October 2, 1964 - March 18, 2018
Fr. Mark is survived by his
father, Ken, of Iowa City; two
brothers, Mike (Margaret)
Reasoner of Creston and
Daniel (Andrea) Reasoner of
North Liberty; three sisters,
Elizabeth (Mark) Geis of West
Des Moines, Margaret (Joe) Corbin, and Mary
Reasoner both of Iowa City; five nephews,
William (Allison) Reasoner, Matthew Geis, and
John, Christopher, and Benjamin Reasoner;
five nieces, Sarah (Jarrett) Bertog, Annette
and Emily Reasoner, and Georgia and Lucy
Corbin; and his aunt, Joan Roets of West Des
Moines. He was preceded in death by his
mother Rita in 2016.
Fr. Mark loved to play golf and cheer for the
Iowa Hawkeyes and the Chicago Cubs. He
was an avid reader, always enjoyed follow-
ing the life events of his nieces and nephews,
and was devoted to his faith. We offer our
continued prayers for the Lord’s embrace of
Fr. Mark among His heavenly flock.
Fr. Mark Reasoner
& Alrene Erusha
The Xavier family mourns the recent losses of
two individuals who have made an immense
impact on our community of faith: Fr. Mark
Reasoner and Arlene Erusha...
August 25, 1927 - April 20, 2018
Arlene is survived by her
seven children: Gail (Russ)
Scott, Cambridge, IA; Dr.
James (Denise) Erusha, Cedar
Rapids; Vicky (John) Garnsey,
Vail, CO; Bruce (Lorrie) Eru-
sha, Cedar Rapids; Dr. Kim-
berly (John Kunnert) Erusha, Basking Ridge,
NJ; Robert II (Ann) Erusha, St. Louis, MO; Amy
(Steve) Cox, Doylestown, PA; sixteen grand-
children, and seven great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband,
Robert, of 62 years, her sister Edna Banse,
and infant brother, Robert. Arlene was an avid
fan of all sports and loved supporting Xavier
High School (especially Xavier Softball) and
Iowa State University. Arlene is a member of
the Xavier Foundation’s Endowed Scholarship
Circle, Archbishop’s Circle, Heritage Society
and Cornerstone Society.
Each November, the Xavier community celebrates its annual Memorial Mass to honor our
deceased alumni, faculty and special friends. Loved ones are invited to join us for this
special mass and reception. The names of the departed are scrolled on a screen before &
after mass and listed in a program. These names are inscribed in the Memorial Book in the
Monsignor Sodawasser Chapel throughout the year. The date of the 2018 Memorial Mass
will be announced in the coming months.
Summer 2018 Issue
8. P.O. Box 10956
Cedar Rapids, IA 52410-0956
2014 Alumni Hall of Fame
PO Box 10956, Cedar Rapids, IA 52410-0956 | (319) 378-4571 | email@example.com
Director of Development
Annual Fund Director
Director of Marketing
Most. Rev. Michael Jackels
Rev. Philip Thompson
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Regis Class of 1978 Reunion Weekend: July 13 & 14, 2018
Friday, July 13 - 8-11 p.m.
Knights of Columbus, 1620 E Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA
Dinner, Cash Bar, The O’Connell Brothers Band | $30/person
Saturday, July 14 - 6 p.m. to Close
Iowa Brewing Company, 708 3rd St. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA
Drinks, Craft Beer/Wine, Cash Bar, Food Truck - Cash Only
U.S. Postage Paid
Cedar Rapids IA
Permit No. 353
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The LaSalle-Regis-Xavier Alumni Association recently
hosted its first ever “Alumni Bike Ride” in Cedar
Rapids on June 23rd. The ride featured stops at
the Sag Wagon Deli & Brew, Kickstand, and
Thew Brewing Company.
We’re always looking for ways to engage our alumni!
If you are a LaSalle, Regis, or Xavier alum, we’d like
to hear what you might like to see regarding Alumni Association events!
Please contact Mary Harken at 319-378-4571 or mharken@xavierfoundation.
org to give us your feedback.
Alumni Bike Ride